Watching This Week #112
Listings for May 29 to June 4, 2023; Corus channels appear set to leave Eastlink.
News from May 31 to June 5, including early updates on Canadian networks' fall programming plans.
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Welcome to the June 7, 2021 edition of This Week in WCIW, the weekly newsletter from Where Can I Watch – covering the latest news on where TV shows and movies will be available in Canada.
Read on for some of the early announcements about the fall TV situation on the Canadian broadcast networks, and updates on the new season of The Good Fight and the Walker reboot.
Our thanks again to those of you who support WCIW through our new paid subscription option, which helps keep the majority of the content on our site freely available to everyone without intrusive ads. For our paid members, we're planning a new What's Next in WCIW newsletter later this week, most likely providing a bit more analysis on the Canadian network schedules being announced over the next few days, and anything else that might arise during the Bell, Rogers, and Corus upfronts.
On some level, it's weird to still be writing about the fall TV season, at a time when more and more new programs are debuting year-round on both linear and streaming platforms.
But there are still plenty of people that watch linear TV, and plenty of popular series on the broadcast networks, even though those series are increasingly targeting specific subsets of viewers. And there are a lot of people – your humble writer included – that are used to the ritual of networks making programming announcements every May and June about schedules that will launch in September.
So, here we are in early June, where the Canadian broadcast networks have started making their big announcements for the fall, with more to come in the next few days.
This past Wednesday, CBC Television held a virtual upfront where it announced its new season, which includes a bunch of new and returning Canadian series. (Full details are in the linked press release, but note that some of these are not scheduled to debut or return until winter 2022.)
IndieNet, the alliance of YesTV and independent (or semi-independent) stations CHCH, CHEK, and NTV, also held an upfront this past week. Given the differing circumstances of the stations in question, there wasn't really a schedule to announce, but there was confirmation that the group will be continuing with most of the status quo, including the syndicated Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! in early primetime on YesTV, CHEK, and NTV, plus a handful of new additions:
The other announcements didn't involve schedule announcements, but were more pre-announcements about programming. For those of you who read our What's Next newsletter a couple of weeks back, we think the results were fairly consistent with our projections, but you'll probably notice a couple of things that surprised us.
Bell Media, which will hold its upfront this coming Thursday, June 10, announced it had acquired Canadian broadcast rights to the following series that will air on CTV (or CTV2), in no particular order other than being roughly grouped by distributor and/or network:
Bell also announced the following series it had acquired for its specialty channels:
Walker, of course, is the Walker: Texas Ranger reboot that premiered on The CW earlier this year; up until now, the only authorized methods available to Canadians to access the series have been through CW affiliates where available, or by buying the series digitally through services like iTunes.
Meanwhile, Rogers Sports & Media, which will have its upfront on Tuesday the 8th, announced it had picked up three more NBC series to air on Citytv: new series Ordinary Joe (Universal TV / 20th TV) and Law & Order: For the Defense (Universal TV), as well as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the latter having previously aired on CTV.
Corus Entertainment, whose upfront will be on Wednesday the 9th, did not make any announcements about Global's fall programming this past week, choosing instead to focus on summer programming (see next section), but based on what hasn't been announced as having a Canadian home yet (including the latest NCIS and FBI series, and CSI: Vegas), it shouldn't be hard to guess what Global will be adding.
We added new posts about this past Friday's Warner Bros. release, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, as well as this coming Thursday's In the Heights. We also posted a significant update to our post about The Good Fight in light of the update from W Network noted above.
We've also made more minor updates to our posts about earlier WB releases The Witches, The Little Things, and Wonder Woman 1984 to reflect the most recent updates from Crave (noted in previous This Week in WCIW newsletters), as well as Peacock's Girls5eva (now that it's debuted on W Network).
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